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'Hero' Movie Review. Starring - Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty, Tigmanshu Dhulia & Aditya Pancholi. Directed by Nikhil Advani. Produced by Salman Khan & Subhash Ghai.


Movie Review By 'G9 Divya Solgama'

'Fast Forward Version....'


Right from the Kapoor’s era, whenever star kids are launched there is immense curiosity and excitement related to their launch due to the aura of their parents. Except for few star kids, most of them choose the conventional path of getting launched in a romantic film or a big budgeted film. The latest launching vehicle for the star kids is getting launched in a stylish film, which is a remake of a hit film. Last year Tiger Shroff was launched in ‘Heropanti’, which was a remake of a hit Telugu film and this year we have Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty getting launched in ‘Hero’, which is a remake of Jackie Shroff starrer 1983 film of the same name. 1983’s ‘Hero’ was a path-breaking film in its own way as it narrated a tale of an anti-hero with some fantastic music and great direction associated with it. A role which was written for Sanjay Dutt, marked the right launching vehicle for Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri (after their failed debut attempt). Thus, let’s find out whether the latest version of ‘Hero’ will do the same wonders for Sooraj and Athiya as it did for Jackie and Meenakshi in their times or might end up being another remake trying to cash-in over its past glory.


Hero’ is a story of a local goon Sooraj (Sooraj Pancholi), who works for a criminal Pasha (Aditya Pancholi). Pasha is facing trial in the court and will be sentenced based on the evidence provided by I.G Shreekant Mathur (Tigmanshu Dhulia). Thus, Pasha orders Sooraj to kidnap I.G Shreekant Mathur’s daughter Radha (Athiya Shettya). Sooraj disguises as a cop and manage to kidnap Radha very easily. While in exile, Radha and Sooraj fall in love with each other. After a while Radha finds out the real identity of Sooraj and still wants him in her life as she believes after completing his punishment Sooraj will be a changed man and thus asks him to surrender in front of the law. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story structure is scene to scene similar to the original film. It’s only that everything out here is hurried and taken for granted. Right from the first scene, there is no detailing to any characters nor the flow of the film is presented in a dramatic or entertaining manner. It’s just that the movie is going on and on with few dialogues and songs on a loop mode. Except for few good fight scenes, dances, locations and Salman Khan’s video in the end credits, there is nothing much to cherish in this half backed film. Sooraj’s character lacks the darkness and is not at all intense. He dances, looks smart, falls in love, parties, etc instead of being a menacing character. There is no transformation of an anti-hero to hero in his character. Everything is presented in a convenient manner without any struggle or hardship. The comical tracks were unwanted. The climax is presented with typical Salman Khan / Rajnikant style of fights where the conviction level was not at its fullest. Also, the finale part was totally predictable and bland. The love track also develops without conviction and needed more moments attached to it. This movie also makes you realize the fact that 1983’s ‘Hero’ is a great film in terms of its writing, direction, performances, casting and music. The camera work is good and the movie has been shot on some good locations.

Music & Direction:

The music of 1983’s ‘Hero’ was highly entertaining and immensely popular with songs like ‘Lambi Judai’, ‘Ding Dong’, ‘Pyar Karnewale Kabhi Darte Nahin’ and few more along with its theme flute music. Sadly, in this latest remake of ‘Hero’, except for Salman Khan’s version of ‘Main Hoon Hero Tera’ and ‘Yaadan Teriyaan’ there is nothing worth hearing in this film.

Director Nikhil Advani fails to do proper justice to the original version of ‘Hero’ and ends up delivering a half baked product. He misses out on the fine detailing and ends up delivering a bad remake on the lines of films like ‘Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag’. 


Sooraj Pancholi looks smart and will have an immense female fan following due to his physical appearance. Sadly, he fails to express and give a decent dialogue delivery as he needs to work hard on his speech. Athiya Shetty in comparison to Sooraj Pancholi acts decently, but fails over her weird appearance. Tigmanshu Dhulia delivers one of his worst performances. Sharad Kelkar, Anita Hasdani, Vivan Bhathena are fine in their parts. Aditya Pancholi and Suresh Menon had hardly anything to offer. Salman Khan in the end credits is the best thing to happen to this doomed film. 

So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???

Dum??? Well, despite of superstar Salman Khan launching these new comers there is nothing overwhelming about any of them after watching the film. The movie ends up as a show-reel for its lead actors. In comparison with this movie, I would suggest everyone to watch the original 1983’s version to understand the value of good, well written and entertaining film. As for the latest version of ‘Hero’, the movie ends up like watching the fast forward version of the original, where you know what’s happening in this soulless film, but fail to miss out over the required detailing and entertainment quotient. 

Ratings - 1.5*/5


Unknown said...

Divya Bhai....your reviews is like oxygen for me

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